Insert your own punch line: Hewlett-Packard Co., the Palo Alto-based technology company facing federal and state investigations over spying on board members and journalists, is cosponsor of an award for "privacy innovation."
Nominees are being accepted for the fourth annual HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award, which Hewlett-Packard gives in conjunction with the Maine-based International Assn. of Privacy Professionals.
According to the award's website, the prize was created to honor "strong and unique contributions to the privacy industry."
"At present, there is not sufficient recognition for organizations that have embraced privacy as a competitive advantage, and as a business/governmental imperative," the site says.
Previous winners of the award have included EBay Inc., Microsoft Corp., Sprint Nextel Corp. and two Canadian provincial offices. No one from HP is a judge.